Simple & Compound Sentence Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach, practice, and review simple and compound sentences. Students will watch two engaging videos, define terms, practice with guidance and independently, then apply concepts with a fun game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • use vocabulary tems related to simple and compound sentences appropriately
  • compare and contrast simple and compound sentences
  • explain the components of simple and compound sentences
  • write simple and compound sentences


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Hand-held whiteboards and markers, one for each student
  • Index cards with a word written on each (about 20 cards for each group of 3-5 students)

Key Vocabulary

  • Sentence
  • Simple sentence
  • Independent clause
  • Dependent clause
  • Complex sentence
  • Compound sentence
  • Predicate
  • Compound subject
  • Compound predicate
  • Simple subject
  • Simple predicate
  • Modifiers
  • Phrases
  • Compound sentence
  • Coordinators
  • Semicolon
  • Compound-complex sentence
  • Run-on sentence
  • Fused sentence
  • Comma splice

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1.b

Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2

Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

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